June TIF – stories that are and those that are possible……..
June 3, 2008 by Sue McB
Sharon’s concept for TIF this month relates to one’s stash of textile materials, fabrics, threads or whatever, purchased or scavenged – they can tell a story, they can be used to tell different story, or they can be used to make something new and thus take on a different meaning.
Now, I really am not sure what to make of this or how best to tackle the challenge……….sure, my stash has a history, I am sure I could find brown pieces from the very first real quilt I made in about 1980 something, a great many of my favourite Liberty fabrics have been scrounged from Op shops over the years, as well as other vintage fabrics, like feed sacks from the 1930s – all could tell a story if they could speak, or I could make one up. As Sharon also said, a stash is full of endless possibilities, and oddly, because of this I am sometimes reluctant to cut into something special in case it does not work out and the opportunity for creating a wonderful piece is lost.
Each month so far I have made a journal sized quilt for TIF, and have used both the concept or the colours at different times. My preference is for the concept, it is more of a challenge, but I will have to think long and hard about this one. The alternative, the colours, are these, which came from her photo of a pile of old sinks at a tip. My first impression is that they are a bit like army camouflage colours………..but I might come up with something more inspired in time.